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Maltopia Double Scotch Ale - Hermitage Brewing

Maltopia Double Scotch AleMaltopia Double Scotch Ale

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.61%


Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 11-25-2010)
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Reviews by russpowell:
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown/tea colored with 2+ fingers of quickly dropping tan head, very noisy! Decent head retention & lacing

S: Plums, bready notes & toffee, where's the peatyness?

T: Caramel; some tobacco, toffee, peatyness & dryness up front. Big-time malty sweetness as this warms, dry & warming, peat/woodyness as well. Finishes dry, warming, somewhat figgy, a bit of peatyness with much toffee sweetness, but in balance. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Fairly chewy, slight over-carbonation, warming with a bit of smooth out on the carbonation as it warms

I like/love this style & in my neck of the woods, there aren't enough on offer. This fills a void & will buys this again if I see 4-6 packs of this ( this was part of a mix sixer, for a change a pleasant suprise! ). Not one to stay on, but a nice night cap brew to be sure. Only tried 2 from these guys, so far both are winners

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 05:12:47 | More by russpowell
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a nice thick beige head that falls to a thin ring of foam and no lacing (too much alcohol and not enough hops?). Color is a textbook caramelized amber-brown. Hazy. Aroma is vanilla, molasses, caramel, Southern Comfort, triple-sec, fruity ale esters and some "spice". Flavor is very much malty and alcoholic, a true sipping beer if there ever was one. It drinks like a brandy or liqueur. It is malty sweet and pleasantly boozy--the alcohol is in your face, but tastes clean and refined and not "hot". It has no detectable hop character so the balance comes in the form of a nondescript tannic acid bite. Mouthfeel is full and slick with notable alcohol perception. Overall, I like this, but as for malty beers, this goes way beyond what I am looking for in an everyday quaff. The flavors are loud and bold and it has such a long finish that it ruins your palate for anything else for a while. End of flight or session only. A dessert beer. Extreme malt can be as distracting as extreme hops.

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A - Deep red to brown, hazy, with a good off-white head that falls into a thin crown. Carbonation appears mild.

S - Toffee, plum, caramel. Slight alcohol.

T - No joke about this being a malt bomb. Massive bread and toffee with strong plumb, cherry in the background. Boozy.

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Poured into a first-time using Great Divide Brewery chalice. Pours a medium to dark caramel brown with little discernible head. Sweet malty smell with some alcohol notes. Doesn't hit very strong in taste at first with carbonation being on the low end. Mouthfeel is initially watered-down syrupy in texture but leaves a slightly medicinal aftertaste. Picked up for only $3.39 for a bomber at the Scottsdale BevMo so price-dependent, the scores would obviously be higher.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured about a one finger head of beige like off-white color. Body has a slight haze but is a deep amber that has only a slight redishness to it.

S - Yes, malts. Some sugar and caramel. Really reminds me of a good coffecake baking. Reminds me of home.

T - A sourness that I was not expecting. It is good. Taste like raspberry and cherries. Don't know where this came from. If it is on purpose, this is a very good beer, but it could also be some infection. I really don't know how to rate it. There are also some good malt flavors.

M - Medium body and solid carbonation make this above average.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oh boy, the Maltopia. The last offering from Hermitage that I had, Wheatopia, was quite simply the worst beer I’ve ever tasted. So, this could be disastrous and I am prepared for the worst. Hoping for the best (i.e. enjoying it and not pouring it out), but preparing for the worst. This one says it’s a “Wee Heavy 2”. I really like a good wee heavy but, well, this is Hermitage so we’ll see how it goes…

THE APPEARANCE when poured into a wide-mouth stemless wineglass was surprisingly nice. The color is a dark maroon with a bit of a cola-brown tint to it. It looks a little lighter in color than what I’m used to seeing in a Scotch ale, but it is certainly appropriate. There is a nice amount of malty, near-white foam that quickly rises about half an inch but then disappointingly recedes about as quickly. The requisite sudsy, malty lacing is also there but it is a little on the thin side. This beer looks more oily than malty. No sediment whatsoever left in the bottle or at the bottom of the glass. Overall, a nice looking beer.

THE SMELL is also well within the bounds of what a wee heavy should smell like, in my opinion. Dominant aroma is sweetness, but not cloying. You have cherry, vanilla, bourbon, banana, and a faint vinegary alcohol smell all present. So far everything seems to be in order. The smell, as it turns out, is the most bold and well-balanced aspect of this beer.

THE TASTE of the Maltopia is slightly smoky yet astringent, with strong sour and sweet fruit flavors reminiscent of a Flemish red ale. There is a slight vinegar quality which I don’t find pleasant and even a very faint amount of that same aged-cheese flavor that ruined the Wheatopia. This is very fruity for a wee heavy and while I enjoy that, I’m not sure how well it fits in the style. The sweet cherry element is very intense as is a tartness that is similar to green apple. I would expect a bit more hoppiness and caramel for this style (there is only a little), but instead what Hermitage has made falls somewhere between a Flemish red and a barleywine. There is a fair amount of candy syrupyness to this as well. Aftertaste is cherry cola (secret ingredient?) with the tiniest bit of dryness and hops.

THE FEEL is odd, but not bad. It’s too highly carbonated for a “big” beer and this cuts down on the drinkability. The body is also strangely thin for a beer that is supposedly created with double the amount of malt; it actually feels quite filtered. The alcohol content is listed as 9% but you’d never know; despite carbonation it’s very smooth. It would be easy to drink way too much of this way too quickly. (I suppose that’s a compliment)

CONCLUSION: 100X better than Wheatopia, but still left me wanting more. This beer just seems to lacking something. There is much to it that is very good, but it is not a full or well-rounded beer. It’s as if there is a nakedness to it, if that makes sense. Regardless, it’s a nice, easy drinking beer and is good for a cold, winter night. Perhaps Hermitage should scrap their other brews and just focus on perfecting this one. (Start by not filtering it so much!)

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12-10-2011 06:56:28 | More by MadeInOregon
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ely2000k

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2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Thin head, pours a nut brown, dark amber color. Could see a lot of carbonation in the glass. Not great to look at.

S- Very boozy smelling... almost smells like whiskey. Booze smell seems to overpower the faint hint of malt. Really it just smells like some weaker whiskey.

T- All I can say is... raisin taste. Which I like. Oddly you can't taste the presence of alcohol that much, despite the 9%. Tastes better then it looks or smells, but still on the more average side. Only thing that distinguishes it is the raisin taste, which probably makes me rank it higher taste wise.

M- Slightly overcarbonated for my taste, it has some bite to it, that is nice at times, but also feels a bit overdone. The alcohol is present but kind of disguised. I would not describe this has smooth, for the reason that it has a metallic bite that keeps coming back every few sips.

O- The best part of this is the taste, which is okay, but everything else is lackluster. The smell was a bit turn off to me. I think if this beer tried to even out the taste a little bit more, and tone down the smell of drinking a shot of whiskey, I would enjoy it more.

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10-29-2011 04:26:35 | More by ely2000k
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Maltopia Double Scotch Ale from Hermitage Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.